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Job ID 9305637840 Location Fresno, California; Merced, California; Hanford, California Position Type Intern


Position Description

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization. Together with our charitable partner, the American Cancer Society, we work in Congress, state legislatures and local jurisdictions to support evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Based in Washington, DC with offices throughout the country, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority.

The intern will assist the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), California Tobacco Control Grant Project, with local  policy efforts, events and outreach.  The intern will use community health promotion and education skills to outreach and  build community support for tobacco control and other cancer related policies in local municipalities.  They will support strategies for tobacco control through grassroots organizing, earned media, and community outreach.  They will support public policy events and activities.

Some of the Intern activites may include the following (note: these activities will be conducted virutally – througH virtual events or presentations - as of June 2021 and will continue in that method until notice to resume in-person events by ACS/ACS CAN)

Data collection:

  • Identify and attend community events to administer Public Intercept Surveys, stakeholder interviews, and observation data collection.
  • Collect petitions from supporters.
  • Track outreach events and outcomes. 

Directory development:

  • Develop a directory that includes names of volunteer, health care facilities/centers, college/trade school campuses, apartment units, media outlets, and key leaders, including city council.
  • Conduct research on policies,  policy makers, opponents and monitor online databases for news stories and cities agendas for related policy issues.

Community outreach and education:

  • Conduct outreach to stakeholders and identify spokespersons and champions for these policies.
  • Meet with decision makers to discuss policy options.
  • Attend health fairs and co-facilitate educational workshops; attend local coalition meetings.
  • Compile educational materials to support the policy issue. 
  • Assist with development and editing of  presentation materials, and educational fact sheets.

Communtiy advocacy:

  • Meet with decision makers and stakeholders to educate them about the benefits of the policy and secure support for the  issue.
  • Attend city council meetings and provide education on issues related to the project (e.g., dangers of second hand smoke) to generate support for local policies.


Position Requirements

All Interns Must meet the following requirements:
  • Intern at least four (4) hours a week;
  • Be able to drive to the office or directly to community events for outreach- have a reliable transportation (when safe to do so or will intern virtually);
  • Have a minimum of a B average (cumulative 3.0 on 4.0 scale);
  • Plan to continue their education in the following term/semester;
    • Note: an internship assignment may coincide with the student’s last term/trimester, but student must disengage upon graduation.
    • Provide documentation of their participation in a bona-fide college or graduate school intern program under which their ACS internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.
  •  Full-time student, If you are an undergraduate student you have completed your freshman year of college;
The following information must be submitted upon application:
• Resume
• Two references from academic/professional sources addressing the student’s credentials based on the internship’s skill requirements
• Recent transcript attesting to their GPA and standing as a full-time student
• Unpaid interns must also provide documentation of the participation in a bona-fide college intern program under which their ACS CAN internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.

It is the policy of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

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